Joslyn Art Museum’s highly regarded KENT BELLOWS MENTORING PROGRAM provides access to the Museum and an off-site interdisciplinary art studio with professional artist support that encourages teens to explore, observe, think, and create in the arts (painting, ceramics, digital art, sculpture, printmaking, fashion design, murals, film photography, and music production). Three semesters per year, professional artist mentors are matched with about 70 high school students who are provided an opportunity to find personal inspiration, gain technical skills, and build an art portfolio. Teens and mentors meet after school in an environment that provides a balance of freedom and support, diverse art practice, and which encourages community involvement.
Founded in 2007 as a nonprofit organization honoring the legacy of Nebraska-born artist Kent Bellows (1949-2005), that entity dissolved at the end of 2013, and Joslyn Art Museum assumed responsibility for the future of its successful program, recognized for its dynamic vision, unique and versatile curriculum model, and exceptional work with young people. The Kent Bellows Mentoring Program is now an integral part of Joslyn’s overall educational programming.
Statement of the Job
Leads Joslyn’s Kent Bellows Mentoring Program (KBMP), including curriculum development, student enrollment, staff, studio space, and program evaluation and reporting.
Education - Reports to the Director of Education and Outreach
Develops and oversees overall program plan and curriculum for the KBMP and related projects
Recruits, trains, and supervises mentor staff
Supervises the KBMP Studio Coordinator (FT) and the KBMP Assistant (PT)
Oversees recruitment, selection, placement, and retention of student mentees, and communication with families and alumni
Manages program budget including supplies, equipment, and program staff
Maintains the Kent Bellows Studio facility including studio, digital lab, gallery, storage, and work areas
Conducts a robust evaluation system – fully documenting and assessing the program and managing related records, statistics, and analysis
Works in cooperation with development and marketing staff to generate grant content, assist with donor relations, and promote the program
Leads a KBMP community advisory committee
Cultivates new and innovative program and project ideas and initiates collaborative programming with community partners, as appropriate
To apply for this position, please submit a letter of interest, a resume, and references with contact information (they will not be contacted without candidate permission) to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 14.
Joslyn Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer. The Museum treats all employees and applicants equally according to individual qualifications, ability, experience, and other employment standards. There is no discrimination based on race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status. Joslyn also complies with all applicable federal, state, and local labor laws.
Degree in studio art, museum or art education, arts management, or related area – Master’s preferred
5-7 years of experience in museum or arts program management
Broad understanding of studio art practices
Experience working with teens
Experience with data collection, management, and analysis
Strong communication skills and an ability to work collaboratively with diverse colleagues and community
High integrity, sound judgment and discretion
Enthusiasm, flexibility, and creativity
Ability to identify priorities and meet deadlines
About Joslyn Art Musem
JOSLYN ART MUSEUM is a major regional resource for the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the visual arts. The Museum offers an important permanent collection of art from antiquity to the present, substantive exhibitions, and extensive educational programs and community events. The original 1931 Art Deco building and highly acclaimed 1994 addition is a work of art itself. At the foundation of our mission is a dedication to provide opportunities that address the interests of a broad audience including adults, youth and families, K-16 students and faculty, and underserved groups, including individuals with all kinds of special needs. Led by a dynamic team of experienced museum educators, Joslyn’s public programs provide people of all ages with opportunities to learn from and respond to art, and to participate in many ways, including through their own creative expression.
Special initiatives of the past five years include Joslyn’s elimination of its general admission fee, opening a family creativity center (Artworks: A Place for Curiosity), adding the Contemporary Artists Project gallery, and acquisition of the Kent Bellows Studio and its art mentor program for teens.... This fall, Joslyn announced the selection of the architectural firm Snøhetta to lead a physical and programmatic expansion that will be transformative for the Museum and community.
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